Kitten Proofing Your Home

Just like you have to child proof your home when your baby starts to crawl and walk, you must do the same for a kitten or cat. A kitten is just like a toddler. Kittens like to try new things and get into everything they can get their paws into. They will climb, crawl into things and investigate. They may ignore their store-bought toys, and be more intrigued with things they should not get into or even touch. This is why kitten/cat proofing is an issue of safety.

The same way a kitten will go for a piece of yarn you dangle down at them when you play with him or her, they will also go for blind cords, electrical cords and wires, thinking of them the same way. All these things have to be safely out of a new kittens reach as a cat can become tangled in them and choke. Before your bring your kitten home, get on the floor and look around as they would so you can see the potential dangers that attract them. This way you can remove them or relocate them out of kitty’s reach for safety purposes.

Everything from Christmas tree tinsel, rubber bands, buttons, beads, needles, safety pins to small removable pieces of a toy can choke a kitten. A small bell on his little collar becomes a toy that can choke the kitten when it falls off. Sharp things pose threats as well. For instance, the twists on plastic bags if ingested can perforate a cat’s intestines causing death.

Just as household cleaners and medicines have to be put safely out of a small child’s reach, they also must be stored safely away from your pet. And don’t think because you put them in a cupboard or cabinet they are safe. Kittens and cats are smart and will work diligently to pull open cabinets and cupboards with their paws. It is recommended that you use safety locks on the ones your pets can reach. The same goes for appliances. Make sure your washer, driers, refrigerators and freezers are not left open and then closed on with your kitten inside.

Get rid of any plants that are toxic to cats. And make sure you keep any foods that may be toxic to your pets safely away from them at all times.

You are responsible for the safety of your kitten. Take precautions to kitten proof your home to avoid accidents that could harm your precious pet.

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